The Land of Thunder and Lightning Sonic Lecture / Carbon Walk Performance / Text Radical Sounds Latin America + Interflugs Berlin 2020
How are Germany and the Wayuu community in Northern South America interdependent? What is the Source of our everyday Resources, and in what ways is acknowledgment of these Sources an essential step in stopping the vertical relationship of exploitation between territories and communities? If colonization imposed a singular worldview, then listening could be a way to unveil a plurality of voices.
The Land of Thunder and Lightning is an investigation about the coal extraction in North Colombia and its transformation into electricity in Germany. The research has been materialized in several languages and bodies such as a Sonic lecture, a Carbon walk performance and an academic text for the ‘Border Listening / Escucha Liminal’ publication.
The association of noise and power has never really been broken in the human imagination, argues Schaffer R. Murray in his book The Soundscape, our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. “In earlier times, all natural events were explained as miracles.”¹ Loud noises, such as the sound of thunder, evoked fear and respect back to the earliest times, seeming to be the expression of divine power. In the Modern era and beyond this fear and respect was transferred from natural sounds (thunder, volcano, storm) to the sounds created by industrial machinery, signifying a power shift.
Schaffer R. Murray. 1994. The Soundscape, our Sonic Environment and the Tuning of the World. Destiny Books.